Reactor manufacturer ‘unshaken’ after Horizon debacle

Leading nuclear reactor manufacturer Westinghouse has admitted its disappointment with the decision taken yesterday by RWE npower and E.ON to drop their joint nuclear venture Horizon. However the company says […]

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By Tom Gibson

Leading nuclear reactor manufacturer Westinghouse has admitted its disappointment with the decision taken yesterday by RWE npower and E.ON to drop their joint nuclear venture Horizon. However the company says it is “unshaken” and still sees nuclear as being an important part of the UK’s energy mix.

Yesterday the two German utilities announced they were pulling the plug on the operation, citing financial issues and political frailties following the Fukushima disaster.

Westinghouse, however, are adamant nuclear remains a healthy business option. In a statement yesterday the firm said: “Our business model is an economic stimulus package in and of itself, unsurpassed in its ability to generate thousands of long-term, well-paying jobs across a broad range of business sectors throughout the United Kingdom.”

Westinghouse brought the first pressurized water reactor to the UK at Sizewell-B and praised the British workforce and industry for creating a “great environment for the development of nuclear energy.”